Home for the Holidays Bucket List-9 Days of Events!

By Courtney Daly-Pavone December 17, 2021

It's Christmas Break! The kids are out of school, and you're looking for activities. Here are 9 days of events your family can enjoy!

Saturday December 18th, 2021 Visit The Enchanted Village!

A holiday tradition continues at the Enchanted Village in Spring Valley, every night until Dec. 22. Thousands of guests will stroll through acres of artfully lit trees and interact with entertainers such as Buddy the Elf, Elsa and Ana, Santa and many more holiday celebrities.

Performances this year include the Full Measure Carolers, Ho Ho Ho Horns, Peninsula Singers, San Diego Choir, San Diego Children’s Choir, Santa Sophia Choir, Sun Harbor Choir, and St. Augustine Percussion Ensemble. A petting zoo will also be available on Saturday and Sunday. The full schedule is available on the website.

There will also be food and drinks available and plenty of photo opportunities with more than 200,000 lights, light tunnels, hundreds of candy canes, interactive displays and other festive decor.

Date: Dec. 17-22
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Noah Homes
Cost: $12.99-$19.99

Sunday December 19th, 2021 See Spiderman No Way Home @ Fleet's Giant Dome!

Experience"Spider-Man: No Way Home" at the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater! The high-flying action swings into IMAX tickets and showtimes available online now.

About Spider-Man: No Way Home —For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man. Watch trailer here.

The movie will be showing at the Fleet's Heikoff Giant Dome Theatre from Friday, December 17 through Friday, 31. Click here to see full schedule.

Get tickets here!
General admission is $18. No refunds are allowed for this movie at this time.

For more information, please visit or call (619) 238-1233.

Monday December 20th, 2021 Seas n' Greetings @ The Birch Aquarium

The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole family.

From Dec. 1 to 31, Birch Aquarium is transformed into a winter wonderland. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). Enjoy fun, festive photo opportunities throughout the aquarium, plus holiday music and an interactive scavenger hunt — complete with prizes for the littlest guests — and holiday card worthy ocean views!

Don’t miss the new jelly experience in the Tode Hall of Fishes, or the opportunity to touch juvenile sharks and other intertidal animals on Preuss Tide Pool Plaza.

For guests looking to get a head start on holiday shopping, Birch Aquarium’s Gift Shop offers a unique collection of ocean themed gifts including toys, apparel, home decor and accessories along with Birch Aquarium and Scripps Institution of Oceanography branded items.

For the first time this holiday season, Birch Aquarium has an online store where ocean lovers across the country can purchase ocean themed gifts. The store can be found online here.

All holiday activities are included in admission, which is $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for children ages 3 to 17. Members and Children 2 and under are free. Annual memberships are also available and make great holiday gifts.

Reservations are required to visit and face coverings are required for everyone 2 and up indoors and outdoors regardless of vaccination status.

Tuesday December 21st, 2021 Got Little Ones? Take Them To The Fandory Factory While You Get A Break!

Fandory Factory is a family friendly co-work space with town themed playground on site and private offices and meeting rooms. Parents can focus on work while their kids play at the onsite playground.

Fandory Factory is now open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Outside of these hours private sessions are available, just need to make an appointment at 

Wednesday December 22nd, 2021 Visit Winter Wonder Holiday Spectacular @ Belmont Park!

Belmont Park is bringing families and friends together for the holiday season with its third annual Winter Wonder holiday spectacular.

On weekends in December, our 96-year-old beachside park will offer a day-and-night experience, featuring 15-foot-tall holiday-themed sculptures, Christmas Tree Farm, Seasonal Character appearances, Holiday Movie Nights, face painting and balloon art; plus, Illuminated Winter Nights when the sun goes down.

Take a walk-through Winter Wonder with our new interactive Holiday Map filled with festive fun at every stop!

Belmont Park is on Facebook + Instagram

Thursday December 23rd, 2021 See Toy Trains From Christmas Past @ The San Diego Model Railroad Museum

This holiday season, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum invites you to enjoy six model railroad exhibits, including a fully decorated Toy Train Gallery inspired by Christmases past.

The museum, located in the heart of Balboa Park, is open to train lovers of all ages from Thursday - Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit to purchase your admission tickets or donate to the museum.

Admission: Free (children 3 and under) up to $13.50.

We share a parking lot with the Fleet Science Center. Our major cross street is Park Blvd and Space Theater Way.

For more information, visit or call 619-696-0199

San Diego Model Railroad Museum on Facebook+ Instagram + follow @sdmodelrailroad on Twitter

Friday December 24th, 2021 See Snowfall @ SeaWorld's Jingle Bell Square

From SeaWorld San Diego: Bring your family together for the eye-catching spectacle, priceless traditions, and fun-filled surprises of SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration. The holidays are meant to be merry and bright, and that’s exactly what you’ll find as this beloved event returns with more wondrous moments than ever.

Jingle Bell Square —Dreaming of a white Christmas? You don’t have to travel north to see a snowfall and catch a few flakes in your hands. Join us on select nights in Jingle Bell Square to share this breathtaking moment. (No snowball fights though!)

You can enjoy the Jingle Bell Square on select days of the Sea World's Christmas Celebration that goes from Friday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. To see full schedule, please visit SeaWorld's Park Hours & Schedule.

Saturday, December 25th, 2021 Watch The Nutcracker Full Performance New York City Ballet For Free On Tubi!

Hanging indoors? No problem, after opening your gifts your family can enjoy this stunning performance of The Nutcracker by The New York City Ballet starring Macauley Culkin!

Saturday, December 25th, 2021 Have Christmas Dinner @ JRDN!

3 course dinner with all the fixings served 3-8pm $61-$82/person For Reservations Click Here!

Click Here To Read Our JRDN Review

Sunday, December 26th, 2021 Go Skating By The Sea @ The Hotel Del Coronado!

Skating by the Sea® is returning to Hotel del Coronado for the 2021 holiday season. This spectacular beachfront ice rink features stunning views of the Pacific and benefits Make-A-Wish® San Diego. Guests can also reserve a private rink-side lounge at Frostbite with plush seating, roaring fire pits, holiday-themed libations and delectable bites. The resort will be in full swing with Home for the Holidays celebrations and beachfront dining. Guests can also enjoy ice rink views from the Sun Deck, Babcock & Story Bar, Sheerwater and Serแบฝa.

Nov. 22, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 — $35

Nov. 22-28:
Mon - Wed: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day:
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri-Sat: 11a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun: 11a.m. - 8 p.m.

Nov 29 - Dec 19:
Mon-Fri: 4 p.m. -10 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Dec 20 – Jan 2*
Mon-Sat: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun: 11a.m. - 8 p.m.

*Special Holiday Hours
Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Christmas Day: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
New Year’s Eve & Day: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

General Admission: $35
Military: $30 on Mon. & Wed.
First Responders: $30 on Tues.

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